Our World in Data, website with many kinds of data about the world: The chance of being born into extreme poverty has declined dramatically over the last 200 years. In 1820 there were just under 1.1 billion people in the world, of which the large majority lived in extreme poverty. Since around 1970, we are living in a world in which the number of non-poor people is rising, while the number of extremely poor people is falling. According to the estimates shown here there were 735 million people living in extreme poverty in 2015. On every day in the last 25 years there could have been a newspaper headline reading, “The number of people in extreme poverty fell by 128,000 since yesterday”. Unfortunately, the slow developments that entirely transform our world never make the news, and this is why we are working on this online publication.
Paul Driessen, senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow: Government agencies and non-government pressure groups constantly use their money and power to keep millions of African, Asian and Latin American families from gaining access to modern energy, disease prevention and agricultural technologies – thereby perpetuating poverty, disease, malnutrition, blindness and death. Government agencies have been captured by neo-colonialist elements in their leadership and ranks, and among politicians who set their budgets and programs. The NGOs enjoy tax-exempt status and global prestige, because the human and environmental costs of their policies rarely receive more than superficial scrutiny by media, human rights or other “watchdogs.” Few of these NGOs would even exist without the wealthy foundations that finance them. Indeed, “philanthropic” foundation support for radical environmentalist groups and campaigns is one of the best kept secrets of modern society.
Richard Lindzen is an atmospheric physicist, Emeritus Professor at MIT. An implausible conjecture backed by false evidence and repeated incessantly has become politically correct ‘knowledge,’ and is used to promote the overturn of industrial civilization. What we will be leaving our grandchildren is not a planet damaged by industrial progress, but a record of unfathomable silliness as well as a landscape degraded by rusting wind farms and decaying solar panel arrays. There is at least one positive aspect to the present situation. None of the proposed policies will have much impact on greenhouse gases. Thus we will continue to benefit from the one thing that can be clearly attributed to elevated carbon dioxide: namely, its effective role as a plant fertilizer, and reducer of the drought vulnerability of plants.
John Shanahan, Civil Engineer, Editor of allaboutenergy.net and efn-usa.org: Individuals with science degrees (John Holdren, Tom Cochran, Michael Mann, Jim Hansen, etc.), organizations with science in their name (national academies of science), universities, organizations with misleading names (Natural Resources Defense Council), actors, main stream media, and politicians have been working since the 1970s to have the world stop using fossil fuels. This would set humanity back to lifestyles and life expectancies of the Middle Ages or at least back to the 1800s when there was much slavery and horse manure.